January 27, 2006

ROAR: Registry of Open Access Repositories

For researchers or OA advocates (or detractors!) who are interested in the current state, growth rate and distribution of Open Access Repositories (or Archives) worldwide, ROAR (http://archives.eprints.org/), the Registry of Open Access Repositories (created by Southampton doctoral student Tim Brody as part of his thesis, and for the Eprints and jOpCit projects) allows anyone to generate growth charts by archive type, or by individual archive. It can also rank-order archives by the number of OAI records they currently contain (i.e., their size).

ROAR is a gold-mine of current, cumulating data, ripe for anyone enterprising enough to want to report an up-to-date quantitative analysis of how OA IRs are progressing today, and where.

I also take this opportunity to remind all OA Archives and OA IRs to please *register* with ROAR so you too can be counted, and your content growth tracked.


The size and growth data are classified by the type of Archive:

(i) Distributed Institutional/Departmental Pre-/Postprint Archives (275),
(ii) Central Cross-Research Archives (69)
(iii) Dissertation Archives (e-theses) (62)

as well as

(iv) database Archives (e.g. research data) (10)
(v) e-journal/e-publishing Archives (53)
(vi) demonstration Archives (not yet operational) (24)
(vii) "other" Archives (non-OA content of various kinds) (79)

The archives can also be classified by country, and by the software they use.

One caveat: The number of OAI records does not necessarily correspond to the actual number of full-text articles or dissertations in the IR! For many archives the records are still only the metadata (author, title, etc.), not the full-texts themselves. ROAR will soon have a way of counting only full-texts, separately. Meanwhile, contents will have to be sampled to estimate what percentage of the records are just metadata and what percentage are full-texts. (Some of the central archives are full-text only, and many of the advanced institutional archives, especially the ones with self-archiving mandates, are also mostly full-text.)

Even among full-texts, not all may be OA's target contents (journal article postprints and preprints plus dissertations). They may be documents of other kinds (teaching materials, multimedia, "gray literature," even administrative records). ROAR does not register archives that *only* contain metadata; among archive types (i)-(iii), ROAR also does not register archives that do not target OA content -- preprints, postprints, theses -- at all.

Stevan Harnad (U Southampton)

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January 20, 2006

Journal Cost-Effectiveness Search

The Journal Cost-Effectiveness Search website (http://www.journalprices.com/), created by Ted Bergstrom (Economics, UCSB) and Preston McAfee (Business, Econ, and Management, Cal Tech), ranks journal titles by subscription price per article or citation. While no metric is without limitations, this data may be useful in evaluating whether we get what we pay for when it comes to some journal subscriptions.

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January 17, 2006


Lund, Sweden: ­ As of today the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ, http://www.doaj.org) contains 2000 open access journals, i.e. quality controlled scientific and scholarly electronic journals that are freely available on the web.

The goal of the Directory of Open Access Journals is still to increase the visibility and accessibility of open access scholarly journals, and thereby promote their increased usage and impact. The directory aims to comprehensively cover all open access scholarly journals that use an appropriate quality control system. Journals in all languages and subject areas will be included in the DOAJ. The selection criteria have been updated based on feedback from users to be more understandable ( http://www.doaj.org/articles/about#criteria).

The database records are freely available for reuse in library catalogues and other services and can be harvested by using the OAI-PMH ( http://www.openarchives.org/), and thereby increase the visibility of the open access journals.

We are very happy to see that the usage of the DOAJ is constantly increasing on all parameters. Every month visitors from more than 150 countries are using the service, hundreds of libraries all over the world have included the DOAJ titles in their catalogues and other services, and commercial aggregators are as well benefiting of the service.

New titles are added frequently and to ensure that the holding information is correct you have to update your records regularly. We also have to remove titles from DOAJ if they no longer lives up to the selection criteria e.g. during the last 6 months of 2005 50 titles where removed.

We are working with publishers of hybrid journals (subscription based journals where authors /institutions for a publication charge can publish articles in open access) in order to include even these articles in the DOAJ. It is our intention to be able to inform about this in the near future.

Feedback form the community tells us that the DOAJ is an important service. In order to be able to maintain and further develop the service we have decided to launch a Donation Programme that makes it possible for all users/institutions to contribute to the continued maintenance and development of DOAJ. If you/your institution would consider contributing please go to http://www.doaj.org/articles/donation for further information.

DOAJ is or has been supported by the Information Program of the Open Society Institute ( http://www.osi.hu/infoprogram/), along with SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), ( http://www.arl.org/sparc) SPARC Europe, ( http://www.sparceurope.org/), BIBSAM, the Royal Library of Sweden (http://www.kb.se) and Axiell ( http://www.axiell.se/)

If you know of a journal that should be included in the directory, use this form to report it to the directory: http://www.doaj.org/suggest.
Information about how to obtain DOAJ records for use in a library catalogue or other service you will find at: http://www.doaj.org/articles/questions#metadata.

Thank you for your interest and support!

Lotte Jorgensen
Lars Björnshauge


Lotte Jorgensen
Lund University Libraries, Head Office
P.O.Box 134, SE-221 00 LUND, Sweden
Visiting address Tornavägen 9B, Lund
Tel: 046-222 34 31
Fax: 046-222 36 82
E-mail: lotte.jorgensen@lub.lu.se

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